Earnings Update: Zenith Bank PLC

Net Interest Income Advanced by 12.33%

Zenith Bank Plc released the 2020 full year financials showing a 3.84%  increase in gross earnings. A significant 18.45% drop in interest expense lifted net interest performance by 12.23% despite a marginal 1.26% increase in interest income. Notably, Zenith bank generated N420.81bn interest income compared to the N415.56bn realized in FY-2019. Hence, net interest income advanced from N267.03bn to N299.68bn in the current period.

Impairment Charges on the Rise

Zenith bank impairment charges surge by 64.51% from N24.03bn to N39.53bn following deteriorating level of business environment caused by COVID 19. Consequently, net interest income discounted for impairment grew by 7.06% from N243.00bn to N260.15bn.  A noticeable 20.75% declined was also recorded in net fees  and commission income followed by a 30.60% increase in other Non-interest income. Other Non-Interest income was buoyed by the N121.68bn generated as trading gains compared to the N117.80bn realized in 2019.

EPS Grew by 10.53%…A N3.00 Total Dividend Declared

Following impressive topline performance, Profit before tax (PBT) and Profit After Tax (PAT) advanced by 5.17% and 10.58% respectively. Notably, Zenith Bank made N230.57bn PAT compared to the N208.84bn generated in 2019. Consequently, EPS advanced by 10.53 from N6.65 to N7.35. The bank declared a  N3.00  total dividend. This translates to a dividend yield of 11.54% based on current market price of N26.00

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